Who doesn’t love to throw a few shrimp on the barbie, and relax with Dad on Father’s day? The weather is usually beautiful, and it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a family feast with the ones you love.
If you’re looking for ways to keep Father’s day from running away with your diet this year, swap out these classic BBQ staples for the upgraded, health-conscious versions that won’t completely blow up your diet, or your waistline.
Steak - There’s nothing wrong with a nice juicy steak here and there. Red meat is a great source of protein and iron, but tends to be a little higher in saturated fats than pork or chicken. So if you have to have red meat, shoot for a leaner cut like a Top Sirloin steak, or a Tri Tip.
Sugary BBQ Sauces - I know what you’re thinking: “But they’re DELICIOUS!” It’s true. However, it’s also true that most BBQ sauces are chock full of sugar, and in some cases the first ingredient is even High Fructose Corn Syrup. Egad!
Avoid all the calories, fat, and sugar by opting for a spice rub that will highlight the naturally occurring crazy-good natural flavors of your meat and veggies, instead of covering them up.
Creamy Potato Salad - Don’t slam your fist down in defiance just yet. You can still have your potato salad, and eat it too. Simply substitute plain greek yogurt and a squirt of mustard for your mayonnaise, and you’ll be surprised how tangy and delicious the result will be.
Just making this one simple change will turn your fattening, artery clogging heart-attack-waiting-to-happen, into a rich, low-fat, velvety masterpiece you’ll be proud to feed your family.
Congratulations! You’re well on your way to making the small, but significant changes that can turn a gluttonous holiday meal into a lean mean healthy reason to celebrate. Happy Father’s Day!